US stock indexes mostly lower in morning trading
U.S. stocks were mostly lower in morning trading Friday as investors pored through earnings from General Electric, McDonald's and other big companies. Telecom stocks were down the most. Energy companies also fell sharply as U.S. crude oil prices headed lower. Technology and consumer goods companies bucked the broader downward trend.
Canada blasts 'incapable' EU as trade talks fail
Canada blasted the European Union as incapable of signing international agreements Friday as talks to persuade the Belgian region of Wallonia to sign up to a huge trade deal broke down. The barb from an emotional Chrystia Freeland, the Canadian trade minister, fed into warnings by EU leaders that the 28-nation bloc may now never be able to land any other deals including one with the United States. "It seems obvious to me, to Canada, that the European Union is incapable now of having an international agreement, even with a country with such European values as Canada, and even with a country as kind and patient as Canada," Freeland said on Belgian television.
Truce extended in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations
The UN said Friday security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, as Russia extended a truce that was largely holding for a second day. Moscow said it was extending the unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russian-backed assault on opposition-held east Aleppo until 1600 GMT on Saturday.
Islamic State attacks Kirkuk as Iraqi forces push on Mosul
By Michael Georgy QAYYARA, Iraq (Reuters) - Islamic State launched a major attack on the city of Kirkuk on Friday as Iraqi and Kurdish forces pursued operations to seize territory around Mosul in preparation for an offensive on the jihadists' last major stronghold in Iraq. Islamic State's assault on Kirkuk, which lies in an oil- producing region, killed 18 members of the security forces and workers at a power station outside the city, including two Iranians, a hospital source said. Kirkuk is located east of Hawija, a pocket still under control of Islamic State that lies between Baghdad and Mosul.
SharkNinja, Dyson end legal battle over advertising claims
AT&T in advanced talks to buy Time Warner: sources
Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes rejected an $80 billion offer from Twenty-First Century Fox Inc in 2014 but sources said Friday that it had no plans to renew its bid. A deal between AT&T and Time Warner could be announced as early as on Monday, the sources said. Time Warner was not immediately available for comment.
U.S. agencies probing 'all potential causes' of attack on internet provider DynWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking into "all potential causes" of an attack on internet infrastructure provider Dyn that caused widespread disruptions, a spokeswoman for the agency said on Friday.
Portugal keeps bond rating that ensures continuing ECB helpLISBON, Portugal (AP) ? Ratings agency DBRS has kept its investment grade classification for Portuguese bonds, ensuring the debt-heavy eurozone country remains eligible for vital help from the European Central Bank's stimulus program.
European Space Agency says Mars probe may have explodedBERLIN (AP) ? The European Space Agency says its experimental Mars probe crash-landed and may have exploded when it hit the surface of the red planet Wednesday.
Energized Clinton hits campaign trail in battleground blitz
Invigorated by both her commanding poll numbers and eyebrow-raising declarations by Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton returned to campaigning Friday seeking to keep her boot on her rival's neck in the final weeks of their roller-coaster presidential race. Clinton, who is vying to be America's first female president, heads to Ohio aiming to block Trump's efforts to claim the key battleground, while the Manhattan real estate mogul hosts rallies in North Carolina and Pennsylvania. Trump, 70, sent the campaign into uncharted waters by suggesting he may not recognize the result and could launch a legal challenge if Clinton wins -- a surprising rejection of political norms.